DOJ: Actor T.J. Miller called in false bomb threat on Amtrak train

April 10, 2018 GMT

Investigators believe actor T.J. Miller called in a false bomb threat on a train traveling through Connecticut last month because of a grudge against another passenger, the Department of Justice said.

Todd J. Miller, 36, of New York, N.Y., was arrested Monday night at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y. The former “Silicon Valley” actor and comedian was charged with “intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device,” the DOJ said.

Miller was also in movies including “Cloverfield,” “She’s Out of My League,” “Deadpool” and “Office Christmas Party.”

If convicted, the charge carries a maximum term of five years in prison.

On March 18, the DOJ said, Miller called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey and reported a female passenger had a bomb in her bag on Amtrak train 2256. Miller boarded the train in Washington, D.C.

By the time Amtrak officials received notice of the call and were mobilized the train was stopped at Green’s Farms Station in Westport. The train and passengers were searched, but it ended up being the wrong train.

An investigator contacted Miller, who was in New York, by phone. He insisted the woman’s bag needed to be checked. When the investigator heard Miller slurring and questioned it, he claimed he only had one glass of wine, the DOJ said.

Investigators soon learned Miller was on Amtrak train 2258. That train was also stopped and searched at the Westport station. No explosive devices or materials were found.

Amtrak officers interviewed the first class attendant from the car Miller had been sitting in, who told officers Miller appeared to be intoxicated when he boarded the train in Washington and had multiple drinks on the train, the DOJ said.

Miller was removed from the car in New York because of his intoxication, the DOJ said. The attendant also told officers he engaged in hostile exchanges with a woman sitting in a different row from him in the first class car.

The investigators identified and interviewed the woman and found she was not carrying any explosives and was not even directly in Miller’s sight path.

“The complaint further alleges that Miller, motivated by a grudge against the subject female, called 911 to relay false information about a suspected bomb on the train, and continued to convey false information to investigators while the public safety response was ongoing,” the DOJ said.

Miller appeared before a judge in New Haven on Tuesday and was released on a $100,000 bond.